Be a Canada Learning Bond Champion

If you are passionate about education and believe that it plays a fundamental role in eliminating poverty, then please consider becoming a CLB Champion in 2018!

Join us on March 29th for information on the Canada Learning Bond, as well as for training on this vital initiative.

To register, please either click on the contact us or email links below and confirm which workshop you would like to attend:

Contact Us

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you on March 29th!

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HPRT Educational Resources


Picture Books

Somebodys new pajamas – Isaac Jackson and David Soman (ages 3 and up)

Yes we can! Janitor strike in LA. – Diana Cohn and Francisco Delgado (age 5 and up)

Those shoes – Maribeth Boelts and Noah Johens (age 5 and up)

Voices in the parkAnthony Brown (ages 7 and up)

Click clack moo – Doreen Cronin (ages 7 and up)

Amber was brave, Essie was smart – Vera B. Williams (age 8 and up)

From far away – Robert Munsch

The hundred dresses – Eleanor Estes

Money hungry – Sharon G. Flake

It’s okay to be different – Todd Parr

The leaves in OctoberKaren Ackerman

Khandra Mohammad and dough – Karen Williams

Four feet, two sandals – Chayka

Do the Math:

Narratives and Collections of Narratives

Where We Stand: Class Matters – bell hook

Teaching Tolerance essay “How School Taught me I was poor: – Jeff Sapp taught-me-i-was-poor

“On Lilacs, Tap dancing and Children of Poverty” – Bobby Starnes Phi Delta Kappa

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Experiencing Poverty; Voices from the Bottom – D. Stanley Eitzen and Kelly Eitzen Smith


Why our students need “equity literacy” Teaching Tolerance Blog

Reaching and Teaching Students in PovertyPaul Gorski.

Persistent PovertyJamie Swift, Brice Balmer and Mira Dineen

Resources for Incorporating Arts Across the Curriculum

Beginner’s Guide to CommunityBased Arts – Mark Schwarzman and Keith Knight

Engaging Films and Music Videos in Critical Thinking – Charlene Tan

Handbook for K – 8 Arts Integration: Purposeful Planning Across the Curriculum – Nan L McDonald

The Hip Hop Education GuidebookMarcella Runnell and Martha Diaz

Integrating the Arts Across the Elementary School Curriculum Z- R Phyllis Gelineau

Music and Movement in the ClassroomGreg and Steven Trough

Teaching using Across the Curriculum – Valereai Luppens and Greg Formena

Theater of the Oppressed – August Boal

Smart Start Halton:

Federal Government program that provides a FREE Registered Education Program for children

in low-income families born in 2004. No contribution by the family necessary! You can apply on line in about 10 minutes at this link:

Social Insurance number of the parent and child are required. HPRT is very willing to come to

your school and run a sign-up event!

HIPPY Oakville

We send trained Home Visitors into homes to teach Mothers how to be their child’s first and best teacher. We use role play to show Mothers how to teach the vital pre-reading, pre-writing and pre- literacy skills. We are funded by Trillium Foundation, Halton Region and the United Way and generous community members.

We serve over 100 families Burlington, Milton as well as Oakville

Please see for more details Please call 905 582 7860

Poverty Simulation Games

Wealth Inequality:

Spent Game:

Privilege Walk: STARPOWER Game: The Last Straw! (The Halton Poverty Roundtable has 3 copies and would be very happy to come and facilitate it for your class or meeting).





Case Study Halton Poverty Roundtable

CASE STUDY | Located in southern Ontario and part of the Greater Toronto Area, Halton Region is known as an affluent community and desirable place to live. However, poverty in the area is significant, growing and largely hidden. Historically, an understanding of poverty and the lives of those who live in poverty in Halton has been limited. It was not until 2011 that the community coalesced around a coherent strategy led by the Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) to combat systemic poverty, and while challenges remain, the community moves forward today with a deepening commitment and greater degree of collaboration.

Read case study here

HPRT Response to Ontario’s “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” Report

The staff, board, and volunteer members at the Halton Poverty Roundtable appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations of the “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” (Roadmap) report. This Roadmap has the potential to transform income security programs that affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of low-income people in Ontario. The key to this transformation is to move beyond the words, so eloquently written in the Roadmap, to acting on the recommendations inherent in the Roadmap, as well as any innovative and viable responses that follow from community feedback. We also acknowledge the Ministry for recognizing the need for a much needed human rights-based equity lens approach to serving vulnerable populations.
Click here to read the Halton Poverty Roundtable’s response.

Welcome to the HPRT’s new Director of Community Engagement: Sarah Sabihuddin.

Please join us in welcoming the HPRT’s new Director of Community Engagement: Sarah Sabihuddin.

Sarah was one of several strong candidates for the position with the HPRT. We are pleased to note that she was the unanimous choice of the Selection Committee.

Sarah joins the HPRT from the Ontario Public Service where she has held many positions over the last 8 years, notably, with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Political Science in 2008 from the University of Western Ontario and also earned a certificate in Public Administration through the University of Windsor. In addition, Sarah recently completed the Municipal Administration Program (MAP) offered through the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO).

Sarah has been a resident of Halton Region for the past 5 years, and an active member of her community – she has served as a council appointed member of the Community Spirit Awards Selection Committee since January 2015. Sarah is also a member The Bronte Village Residents Association (BVRA).

Sarah has a deep knowledge and practical experience in key provincial and regionally based community strategies, provincial legislation and policies related to social issues including: housing, homelessness, urban growth and poverty reduction. This knowledge coupled with the experience she has in developing and managing strategic relationships will enable her to further the work that Leena has so ably led during her time with the HPRT.

The Halton Poverty Roundtable is currently hiring for an Administrative Coordinator

Halton Poverty Roundtable
POSITION: Administrative Coordinator – One Year Contract (subject to renewal)
LOCATION: Burlington, ON

We are seeking to hire an Administrative Coordinator who can work full time at 37.5 hours per week at our office in Burlington. The Halton Poverty Roundtable is a collaborative multi-sectoral group that brings existing resources together to address poverty elimination in the region of Halton. As such, the Roundtable strives to align the efforts of community stakeholders from different sectors into a common agenda.

Nature and Scope
Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement, the Administrative Coordinator manages the administration of the Halton Poverty Roundtable.

The successful candidate will be committed to the mission, vision and values of the HPRT. The candidate has developed strong communications, organization, and administration skills.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for social justice and a minimum of five years of previous non-profit administration experience.

 Manage the day to day administration of the office
 Take minutes for meetings and prepare in a timely manner
 Book meetings and source locations across Halton for these meetings
 Organize catering and refreshments for meetings
 Support participation of all members of the Halton Poverty Roundtable
 Professionally represent the organization in community spaces
 Prepare meeting attendees packages
 Research various community partnership and resource opportunities
 Order and refresh office supplies
 Assist in grant-writing
 Assist Director with all administrative functions

Core Competencies
To be successful in this role, the incumbent would have the following core competencies:
 Have a strong administrative and reception background
 Have strong attention to detail
 Be well presented with excellent communication skills
 Have an intermediate level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Doodle
 Strong collaborative relationship-building skills
 Flexibility to work occasional weekends and evenings as required
 High level of comfort dealing with volunteers and Board of Directors
 High level of maturity and integrity with respect to confidential information
 Strong commitment to social justice, equity, and diversity

Please apply directly, with a covering letter, to Leena Sharma Seth at by Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 4:00pm. No phone calls please.

We thank all applicants for their interest in advance and will contact applicants if they are selected for an interview

Webinar: Cities Building Social Value: Social Procurement Strategies and CBA’s in Halton and Peel Regions

Positive social value initiatives, including social procurement strategies and Community Benefit Agreements, hold the promise of building more wealth within our communities. They have the ability to engage business, government, and community sectors in different ways, to work together towards reducing poverty and building more inclusive economies. Two regions in southwestern Ontario – Peel Region and Halton Region – are building the case for and are pursuing social procurement practices and large-scale Community Benefit Agreements, with the support of laws and policies at the local and provincial level.

André Lyn of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy and Leena Sharma Seth of the Halton Poverty Roundtable, joins us with Rosemarie Powell of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, to talk about their experiences with initiatives that are increasing social value in the community, including the recent successful Metrolinx Community Benefits Framework, which was signed as part of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Transit Railway (LRT) development. In this webinar, they look at some of the most frequently asked questions, such as, assessing community benefit opportunities, identifying and engaging the right people at the table, how to define success, and more.